Hartsville man faces firearms charge

Bartholomew County Sheriff deputies arrested a Hartsville man who had been living under an alias to avoid prosecution on an alleged 1997 probation violation.

James Graggs, 62, 375 N. Jackson St., was arrested Thursday after an ongoing investigation and a tip from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department in Florida.

Graggs, or James Kennedy as he was known, was accused of violating probation on a firearms charge, according to the sheriff’s department.

Deputies had been conducting surveillance in Shelby, Decatur and Bartholomew counties before finding Graggs using a false name.

Graggs was cooperative when arrested and was taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, where he is being held without bond while awaiting extradition to Florida, according to the sheriff department.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.